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AAP 2020 UPDATE



Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and member concerns over the health, safety, and feasibility of summer travel, the AAP Board has decided to move our 2020 Annual Conference ONLINE. The conference will now take place via Zoom, from July 27-29, 2020.


In light of this change, we are also extending the proposal submission deadline to May 15, 2020. Please see the revised CFP below.


If you have already submitted a proposal, you do NOT need to resubmit it.


Community is one of the most important parts of AAP, and, as performers and scholars of performance, we are keenly aware that sharing art, scholarship, and camaraderie in person cannot be replaced. We are heartbroken that we cannot convene the conference as usual. However, we hope that the online format will enable more members to participate and help to keep us all healthy, so that we can meet again for many years to come!



*Please note: If you have had an AAP-sponsored panel accepted to the ATHE conference, we expect an update on the status of that event sometime after April 16, 2020. The AAP conference will take place online regardless of whether or not ATHE decides to cancel (or move online as well). Here is the latest ATHE update: https://www.athe.org/news/499621/An-Update-on-Conference-Details.htm


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Association for Asian Performance 20th Annual Conference

July 27-29, 2020 | Online Conference

This year, the Association for Asian Performance (AAP) Conference will be online via Zoom! AAP invites submissions for its 20th Annual Conference. Proposals are invited for papers, panels, workshops, roundtable discussions, and other formats. Be creative with the technology!

The deadline for proposals has been extended to May 15, 2020.Please include your time zone as we are planning to hold panels at all different times in order to accommodate our presenters from around the world. Proposals for the following formats are welcome:

· Individual Papers on topics related to Asian performance. Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract (max 250 words). Individual presentations should be limited to 20 minutes so that there will be time left for questions and discussion. Visual materials (slides, video, etc.) are strongly encouraged.

· Panels composed of three paper presenters and one discussant or four paper presenters. Proposals for panels should provide a brief statement (250 words) that explains the session as a whole, a list of titles and a 50-word abstract for each paper, and biography of the discussant (if applicable).

· Roundtablesoffer an opportunity for participants to discuss specific themes, issues or significant recent publications. A maximum of six active participants is recommended. While a roundtable proposal need not be as detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the session’s purpose, themes, or issues and scope (250 words), as well as provide a list of committed participants.

· Workshopsby performance practitioner(s) with expertise in specific Asian performance traditions are welcomed, particularly workshops that overlap with a panel theme or paper presentation. Workshop proposals should include an abstract (350 words) describing the workshop and any technical or space considerations. Workshops should be designed to run no longer than 80 minutes.

· Poster sessions provide an opportunity to share developing, new, or unique research projects that would be enhanced by an interactive format. Submit a brief abstract (250 words) for a short, multimedia-enhanced presentation. The AAP will do its best to pair specialists in your subject area to act as respondents. Past presenters at the poster sessions have included both junior and senior scholars.

· We also encourage suggestions for innovative alternativesto the session formats described above! Please contact the conference organizer directly if you have an idea for an innovative session.

Calling all Graduate Students!

AAP warmly encourages participation from graduate students. The conference provides a number of dedicated events, such as a mentoring session and time for social gatherings with fellow graduate students, that make AAP an especially welcoming and enriching experience. If you are interested in learning more, please contact one of our Graduate Student Representatives: Huihui Huang (hh20@indiana.edu) and Jashodhara Sen (jashodhara.sen@colorado.edu).

All proposals should include the following:

· Title of panel, roundtable, workshop, poster, or paper.

· Names of all presenters, including chair and/or organizer and discussant (for panels and roundtables), and a few biographical sentences about each presenter.

· Affiliation, specialization (field/region), mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and time zones of all participants.

· Explanation of the session (for panels, workshops, and roundtables); abstract for each panel presentation or each paper.

Please submit proposals through our online form (https://forms.gle/nzuWDXi34YfnioK19) or by e-mail to the conference organizer and AAP Vice-President, Kristen Rudisill (rudisik@bgsu.edu). You may also contact Kristen with any questions, ideas, or for help finding collaborators.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ALL PROPOSALS IS MAY 15, 2020.

All presenters are expected to join AAP. To learn more about the benefits of becoming an AAP member, please visit our website at https://www.asian-performance.org/ and consider joiningus on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aaponline/.


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